Wednesday, April 6, 2022
Permanent Vote-by-Mail Now Available in DuPage County
The DuPage County Clerk’s
office announces that voters may now sign up to be placed on a permanent
vote-by-mail list to receive a mail-in ballot for every election. Until now,
voters preferring mail-in ballots had to apply one election at a time.
increases voting choices. Nothing else is taken away,” said DuPage County Clerk
Jean Kaczmarek. “Voters may still vote in person on Election Day or during
Early Voting. Also, voters may continue to choose a one-time-only mail ballot.”
2022 will be the first year
the option for permanent vote-by-mail is available in this state, after the
Illinois General Assembly passed it into law last year. Mail voting was
expanded in Illinois in 2020 in response to COVID-19 so that voters could safely
vote at home.
“One-third of DuPage voters
chose mail ballots in the 2020 General Election. We anticipate that mail voting
will gain in popularity, even with the pandemic subsiding,” Kaczmarek added.
“With new and faster equipment and procedures, our office is ready to handle
DuPage voters preferring to
sign up for permanent vote-by-mail or a single one-time-only ballot are urged
to do so on the County Clerk’s Elections website: https://www.dupagecounty.gov/Election/VoteByMail/
In the next month, the County Clerk’s Office will also be mailing voters
a paper application to join the permanent
The first batch of ballots
won’t be sent out until May 19th. Ballots may take 4-5 business days
to arrive. Voters must have their completed
ballot postmarked on or before the date of the primary to have it counted.
Ballots may also be dropped off at the DuPage County Clerk Elections Office, at
drop boxes located at the parking lot and main entrance of the Jack T. Knuepfer
Administration Building, 421 County Farm Road, Wheaton, or at a DuPage County